Fashion Over Reason

Monday, March 2, 2015

Love Story

Fashion Over Reason in Brooklyn wearing J Brand Love Story Bell bottom jeans, vintage fur, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, Zara tote

One of the things that I've always had strong feelings about is how undeniable our very strong emotional connection to clothes is. There's something about each garment in our closets that harbors a memory, that is attached in some way to a time, a place, a person, a smell that brings us down a path of souvenirs when we wear them, look at them, run our fingers through the material...

It's no wonder that some people have a very hard time purging their closets. How can one willingly rid themself of all of those good (or even bad) times. Isn't that essentially a symbolic way of turning your back on your past? It's always interesting to see what people hold on to and what the reasons behind that refusal to let go are. As a person who lives and breathes fashion, having strong emotional attachments to clothes does not escape me -- while some of my clothes are of no particular importance to me, others are incredibly charged with memories.

The funny thing is, unless it's a piece that's been passed down to me from my family, it isn't that difficult for me to let go. My husband and I cleared out our closets this weekend and we both got rid of the shirts we wore on our first date. It was amusing because we both found ourselves trying them on at the same time and realized they were the tops we had donned on the encounter that was the beginning of our love story. We had a laugh before quickly coming to a conclusion: those tops had to go.

I'm sure you'll concede that going through your wardrobe is akin to reliving your past, in some respect. Does that mean you have trouble letting go or are you like me and enjoy a good purge?

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Jeans - J Brand
Turtleneck - Splendid
Fur coat - Vintage

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday Mood Board

Hi everyone! If you're a long time reader of this blog, then you know that Friday Inspo has been a staple here for a few years. It's time to switch things up. I'll still be doing the weekly mood boards, but instead of having them occupy the friday slot, they're now going to land on Saturdays. There are a few reasons for this change, one being that I think it's simply time to evolve and another because my personal schedule is also changing and I'm trying to work out the kinks.

Now, without further ado, please enjoy this old/new Saturday segment I am re-baptizing Saturday Mood Board. Enjoy your weekend everyone.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015


Fashion Over Reason in Greenwich Village, NYC

Even though certain things don't seem all shiny and sparkly at first, I always think that it's important to see the potential in them. For instance, this awesome vintage double breasted tuxedo jacket that was unearthed from my mother-in-law's closet by my dear husband. (Side note: you know someone knows you well when they go through their mom's wardrobe and pick things out for you.)

Anyway, my man thought that I might, as he did, see something in this piece of clothing that had definitely seen its day but still had so much life in it. The solution lied in how to make it cool and modern. What a good eye he has -- I was thrilled when he brought it home and immediately drummed up potential outfits in my head. A quick fix ensued (the shoulder pads had to go) and it blended in seamlessly with the rest my wardrobe.

You see, clothes don't need to be brand new or have a designer label to be awesome. Sometimes it's as simple as reinventing a piece to make it feel new again. It's no secret that I am a huge fan of vintage shopping, as I wear a lot of vintage in life and therefore on this blog. I adore reworking new styles and sartorially being able to reference past decades makes you feel kind of badass. The moral of this story is to never turn your back on a garment until you've exhausted all potential possibilities to elevate it.

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Photographed by Yael Steren

Jacket - Vintage
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Joseph Altuzarra X Target
Turtleneck - Splendid
Clutch - Ann Taylor
Necklace - BaubleBar
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Helmut at Helmut

Fashion Over Reason at the Helmut Lang exhibit in New York at Sperone Westwater

As it turns out, when Helmut Lang left his eponymous label years ago, he reinvented himself as an artist. And the man had his first solo show in New York at a gallery on the Bowery this winter. Being a huge fan of his design aesthetic - he basically shaped what will forever be known as the 90s minimalism movement - I obviously had to make my way downtown to go discover his new installation.

It was incredibly fascinating and absolutely what you would think that mister Lang's art works would look like. He created these mind-blowing sculptures with a ton of strange, various raw materials that were molded into various industrial casts. It's difficult to explain, so I urge you to read about it here. Sadly, the exhibition ended this past weekend, but if you ever get the chance to see his art, may I suggest that you to jump at the chance.

While I had planned on visiting the gallery before the end of its run, my man and I decided to head over there after a leisurely Friday afternoon lunch, to which I randomly happened to be wearing a Helmut Lang dress. Perhaps my subconscious knew I was going to end up there that day?

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Dress - Helmut Lang
Jeans - Vince

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Call Me Penny Lane

Fashion Over Reason in NYC, vintage faux fur coat, J Brand Jeans, Love Story jeans, J.Crew chunky turtleneck, Ray-Ban Lennon sungalsses, SoHo New York City

We all have a decade that we hold dear to our hearts, fashionably speaking. That specific time period that you wish were able to have experienced, or that you could go back to should you encounter a magic genie. As for me, I am a fan of fashion's entire evolving scope and there isn't one particular decade that speaks to me more than the other. I tend to have phases for what I like, depending on the types of shapes we're seeing and what trends I'm feeling.

We've been seeing so much 70s-inspired clothes in recent seasons -- which showed no signs of stopping if you've been following fashion month -- and, naturally, my eye and vibe has only been gravitating towards it. Bell bottoms, earthy tones, lots of suede, high waists, round sunglasses and tall boots. I'm feeling all of it.

I like to think that if you weren't able to see any cars in these photos, that they could actually be straight out of the mean streets of New York in the early seventies, amiright? There I am, just gallivanting about the Soho cobblestones, heading to my friend's band practice in their spacious artist's loft. I might even smell a little bit like patchouli. Just kidding. But isn't it fun to fantasize?

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Photographed by Ian Rusiana

Turtleneck - J.Crew
Jeans - J Brand
Belt - Vintage
Coat - Vintage
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

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